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from the publisher’s desk
GREETINGS THIS MONTH from the Consumer
Electronics Show (CES), the annual extravaganza (to
say the least) of tech products and services held in
January in Las Vegas. A busy group of Costco buyers
and managers from around the world, myself included,
attend this show each year to meet with suppliers, see
their latest and greatest products, learn about industry
trends and make plans for our upcoming tech lines in
the warehouses and at costco.com.
CES is such a critical event for Costco every year
because consumer electronics are so important to the
everyday running of all of our lives and businesses. Costco’s goal is to offer products that
help meet these demands—at the lowest possible price. You’ll see that focus in all the
electronics that we carry, from computers and cameras to televisions and audio systems.
Costco’s dedication to providing top-name consumer electronics at low prices can
be seen in two important promotions that we hold this time of year. The first is the
“Wallet Full of Savings” coupon book. It features dozens of hot products at great prices
for specified time periods from now until April 1.
The Wallet features products from all areas of Costco, including clothes, food and
services. But it’s particularly loaded with electronics: now-generation HDTVs, wireless
phones, digital cameras, all-in-one machines, MP3 players, external hard drives and more.
If you didn’t receive a Wallet in the mail, pick one up at your local warehouse.
The second big promotion is a coupon book that will arrive in your mailbox in mid-February. It features savings on a wide variety of products from some of Costco’s most
popular manufacturers. Again, all areas are covered, and tech products are well represented.
These important promotions complement the already-strong lineup of products in our
warehouses and at costco.com. You can get a great sampling of these in this issue, including
this month’s lineup of hot products at costco.com, beginning on page 44. As you might
expect with spring just around the corner, we’re rolling out a full line of outdoor furnishings.
Meanwhile, don’t forget to pick up gifts for the ones you love for Valentine’s Day. See
the warehouses or costco.com for beautiful jewelry. Or maybe a box of fine chocolates
would get to the heart of the matter.
Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at Costco! C
Ginnie Roeglin is Senior Vice
President, E-Commerce and
Publishing, and Publisher of
The Costco Connection.
from the editor’s desk
David W. Fuller
NOVELIST JOHN LESCROART graciously consented
to write something for us this month about an interesting turn in his writing career. After more than a decade
and 13 books focused on two popular and deeply drawn
protagonists, his last two crime thrillers have each
introduced new central characters. He explains why he
David W. Fuller is Assistant made this possibly risky shift in the piece on page 29.
Vice President, Publishing, and I’d like to explain why, upon reflection, I find Lescroart’s
Editor of The Costco Connection. move to be interesting.
You see, I have always been intrigued by the dynam-
ics surrounding change. In fact, I’d have to say I often have veered from extolling to
dreading various types of changes. For example, in my business activities over the years
I used to advocate change as the lifeblood of a successful enterprise or career. Then I
realized not all of us view change so positively. There are those who thrive on the familiar
and the known more than on the plunge into unknown territory. There are those who
would not buy Time magazine if it did not have the red border.
The trick to change, of course, is not to view it as black and white. As we make new
friends, in the words of the Girl Scouts song, we should keep the old. This is what
Lescroart hints that he is doing, to the delight of his longtime fans, I am sure.
So, whether you’re a change lover or a change hater, consider this: Keep an open
mind about the past and the future; a present embracing both will always be the
most satisfying. C